pexels filip rankovic grobgaard 11539774CHICAGO – Local businesses on Chicago’s Westside were awarded more than $10 million in funding from the Back to Business program thanks to support from State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago).

“Hundreds of local businesses are still relying on government funding to get them back on their feet,” Van Pelt said. “These grants will provide much needed relief to small business owners in the 5th District and beyond.”

The B2B grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget.

So far, DCEO has provided $200 million in B2B grants to small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas. With nearly $50 million left to go, more businesses will have the opportunity to get a share of the relief funds.

“When small businesses flourish, so does our communities,” Van Pelt said. “I am pleased that over 200 businesses in the district I represent are being awarded relief during these hard times.”

Grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis. Visit the DCEO website for more information on the B2B program or check the status of an existing application by logging into the portal.


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